Democratic lawmakers introduce law to ensure abortion rights

Lawmakers in Democratic states have introduced legislation that would guarantee an individual’s right to an abortion as the U.S. Supreme Court assesses cases that would allow states to almost completely eliminate access to the procedure.

Senator Lori Berman of Lantana and Rep. Ben Diamond from St. Petersburg filed invoices last week (HB 709 /SB 1036) which would prohibit any individual, state or local government from interfering with the right to have an abortion. Identical bills also have a mechanism that allows legal action against any individual or entity that obstructs someone’s right to choose this health care.

“I think it’s really important that we take proactive steps to ensure that women’s reproductive rights are protected,” Berman said, noting that his bill gives the same protection to the decision to choose or refuse contraception. or sterilization. “The bill says your reproductive rights are your health, your privacy and your equality. “

The legislation, called “Reproductive Health Care Rights”, is a counterpoint to another bill (HB 167) which would prohibit abortion after detection of a heartbeat. Berman said his legislation was not prompted by the Republican representative. Webster Barney’s bill as much as the cases currently before the United States Supreme Court.

The highest court in the country is hear the arguments this week about a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks gestation. The tribunal is also should make a decision on the Texas abortion ban which bans abortion after six weeks gestation.

Before the Supreme Court of the United States sits with the President Donald trump, the Roe v. Wade was cleared as to when to have an abortion. The 48-year-old ruling makes abortion legal until a fetus can survive outside the womb, which is roughly 24 weeks gestation.

Barney’s bill is not the first time state lawmakers have attempted to roll back abortion rights. These efforts have failed in large part because the Florida state’s constitution has an even stronger right to privacy than the US constitution, Berman said.

“Every natural person has the right to be left alone and free from any government intrusion on an individual’s privacy, except as otherwise provided herein,” says the Florida constitution.

But this right may be subject to interpretations by judges.

Laura goodhue, executive director of the Florida Alliance of Planned Parenthood Affiliates, said it was encouraging to see bills like Berman’s. She also applauded city and county ordinances stating that abortion is a right.

She said she was concerned that abortion rights from a court perspective appear to be weakening. She pointed out how Gov. Ron DeSantis has been shaping courts with more conservative judges and the appointment of panel members, she said.

A law requiring pregnant women to wait 24 hours before terminating a pregnancy has been blocked for now, “but the state is appealing,” Goodhue said. “They (the Florida Supreme Court justices) might not apply strict Florida privacy law to abortions. Although there is a strong history of this.

Berman said she didn’t expect her bill to go to a hearing, but felt it was important to introduce the bill anyway.

“Because I think we need to have these talks,” she said.

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